Catalyst Radio is a weekly radio show with hosts Linda Gellasch and Denise Cheng that looks at the behind-the-scenes of Rapidian reporting as well as grassroots and nonprofit efforts around the community. The show comprises a media analysis and developments portion, interview segment and calendar of events. You can catch it on air at noon every Friday on WYCE 88.1 FM or streaming on the Grand Rapids Community Media Center Website.
Uma Mishra of the GVSU Ghana Nsu Project returns from Atekyedo, the Ghanaian village where she collaborated to install 30 water filters. She shares how she adapted communication to different cultural mainstays, like oral traditions, and about the finer layers of development work.
"The question is, when we work with communities like this, should we just be sterile in our interactions, just install water filters and leave," Uma said. "Or should we actually be human and give a level of dignity to the villagers and say, you know what, we are invested in helping you--and it's not us helping you but you helping yourself--so can we provide you the tools to do that?"
This week's song is "Skeleton Key" from Dave Sharp's album Secret Seven.